What We're Reading

Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations
published February 2013

“A splendid introduction both to the history, beliefs, and practices of various groups of Messianic Jews and to the biblical arguments for the ongoing presence of Jews, as Jews, among the followers of the one they call ‘Messiah Yeshua.’ Readers may well wrestle with the arguments, but such wrestling would be an appropriately Jewish response."
- Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University

The Letter of James (NICNT)
by Scot McKnight
published February 2011
Finally, we have a contemporary commentary on the Letter of James that quite successfully attempts to hear the letter on its own Messianic Jewish terms! McKnight rightly states that James tells a Story that involves Israel, the Messiah Yeshua, the Land, Jerusalem, and James at the center of the first century Messianic Movement.
The Epistle to the Hebrews (NICNT)
by Gareth Lee Cockerill
published April 2012
A groundbreaking commentary on the Book of Hebrews that rightly understands the relationship between the Old and New Covenants, and the Old and New Testament Scriptures, as being characterized by continuity and fulfillment, not continuity and discontinuity. Splendid!
The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ
by Daniel Boyarin
published April 2012
In this book, I’m going to tell a very different historical story, a story of a time...in which the question of the difference between Judaism and Christianity just didn’t exist as it does now (p. 1).
The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha, 4th Edition
by Michael D. Coogan
published March 2010
A very important part of Second Temple Jewish Literature: a vital witness to the faith of the Jewish People in the period between the 3rd century B.C.E. and the 1st century C.E.
The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, 7th Edition
by Geza Vermes
published June 2012
A newly updated edition of the classic translation by one of the world’s greatest scholars.
A New English Translation of the Septuagint
by Albert Pietersma
published November 2007
An updated English translation of the Greek translations of the Hebrew/Aramaic Scriptures. Be sure to download or purchase the 2009 Second Printing that includes corrections and emendations.
Stone Edition of the Chumash
by Nosson Scherman
published June 1993
One of the richest introductions to the first five books of the Scriptures, which celebrates their lasting preeminence.
Romans (NCCS Commentary)
by Craig S. Keener
published September 2009
Arguably the finest, concise commentary on Romans that helps readers to hear this letter on its own Jewish terms, and follow its arguments.
The Mediation of Christ
A wondrous, deep, life-changing discussion of God’s revelation of Himself through the medium of Israel and her Messiah, Yeshua!
The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 2
by James H.Charlesworth
published September 1985
A very important part of Second Temple Jewish Literature: a vital witness to the diversity of ideas, styles, and genres in the Jewish literary heritage.
The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 1
by James H. Charlesworth
published September 1983
A very important part of Second Temple Jewish Literature: a vital witness to the diversity of ideas, styles, and genres in the Jewish literary heritage.
Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith
by Marvin R. Wilson
published January 1990
A classic “must read” introduction to the Jewish heritage and essence of the faith. It demonstrates why Christians cannot afford to be passive about the Jewish experience in history – whether ancient or modern.
How the Bible Came to Be
by John W Miller
published May 2004
The first detailed study of the form and message of the Bible as a whole, along with carefully documented information on how, when, and why its diverse components were put together.
The Jewish World around the New Testament
by Richard Bauckham
published July 2010
New Testament texts cannot be adequately understood without careful attention to their Judaic and Second Temple roots.
New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus
by David Bivin
published September 2005
Reading New Light... will increase your love and respect for the man, Jesus, and summon your heart to walk after him in paths of discipleship. – Dwight A. Pryor
Yet I Loved Jacob
by Joel S. Kaminsky
published August 2007
Beginning with the stories of family rivalry in Genesis and working through a host of other Biblical texts, Joel Kaminsky explores the dynamics of election and what these texts teach us about God’s intentions for the world.
Gateways to Torah
by Russell Resnik
published July 2000
Jewish people have traditionally discussed a prescribed portion of the Torah each week. Messiah Yeshua joined his people in this practice. Now, a Messianic Jewish Rabbi has added his voice to the ancient conversation.
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus
by Ann Spangler
published February 2009
For disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) who know little about his Jewishness, including his rabbinic and Hebraic teaching style, this is…the perfect introduction – David Bivin, Jerusalem Perspective
The Aramaic Bible: The Isaiah Targum
An English translation of the Isaiah Targum with scholarly “Introduction,” “Apparatus,” and “Notes.”